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Letter to Edward Partridge and Others, 30 March 1834

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revelation! for when you hint they will ask a question, and  if by any means in the heat of zeal you would hit them a kick it  never fails to turn over the dish. Therefore, when we give them a hint,  and they ask a question, we sometimes answer them plainly; but all this  is a wonder and a mystery; but it wont do to kick, therefore  to unfold the mystery we must of necessity send out the word of  the mystery we must of God unto the different , or they  could not be made to understand, that they, with their moneys, and  their young men & their middle aged, must, in order to do the  will of God, redeem the land which had been purchased, & the  children of — and if by chance in doing all this <we> should have  to suffer peril by false brethren. For men are as liable in this generation  to turn aside from the holy , as were the children of  Israel when Aaron bought the golden calf at the expense of all the  jewelry, & riches of the children of Israel, while Moses tarried yet  forty days in the mount, that he might receive the law of the  everlasting gospel upon tables of stone, written by the finger of  of God, while they, the children of Israel, were delivered over, &  bowed down and worshiped the dumb idol, and said, These be  our Gods that brought us up out of the land of Egypt. And Moses  being angry destroyed the tables of Stone, and the golden calf and made  the children of Isarel drink the substance of their God, which they  said brought them up out of the land of Egypt. Therefore, I  say, if we should suffer peril among false brethren, should it  be accounted a strange thing? But here comes up another question,  a great mystery! How did the revelation come to be garbled by  the printers of the day, published and sent to  and elsewhere? But if all these things, upon a little reflection  had been rightly considered and understood, there would have  been no mystery, nor any question asked. Not a sigh—  not a lingering thought— not a grief, or a single reflection  cast upon the innocent, a virgin, the spouse of Zion! Suffice it  to say, that the revelation went into the hands of the world by stealth,  through the means of false brethren, and lest it should reach the ears  of the President and , with a false coloring, being misrepresented, [p. 33]
revelation! for when you hint they will ask a question, and if by any means in the heat of zeal you would hit them a kick it never fails to turn over the dish. Therefore, when we give them a hint, and they ask a question, we sometimes answer them plainly; but all this is a wonder and a mystery; but it wont do to kick, therefore to unfold the mystery we must of necessity send out the word of God unto the different , or they could not be made to understand, that they, with their moneys, and their young men & their middle aged, must, in order to do the will of God, redeem the land which had been purchased, & the children of — and if by chance in doing all this we should have to suffer peril by false brethren. For men are as liable in this generation to turn aside from the holy , as were the children of Israel when Aaron bought the golden calf at the expense of all the jewelry, & riches of the children of Israel, while Moses tarried yet forty days in the mount, that he might receive the law of the everlasting gospel upon tables of stone, written by the finger of of God, while they, the children of Israel, were delivered over, & bowed down and worshiped the dumb idol, and said, These be our Gods that brought us up out of the land of Egypt. And Moses being angry destroyed the tables of Stone, and the golden calf and made the children of Isarel drink the substance of their God, which they said brought them up out of the land of Egypt. Therefore, I say, if we should suffer peril among false brethren, should it be accounted a strange thing? But here comes up another question, a great mystery! How did the revelation come to be garbled by the printers of the day, published and sent to and elsewhere? But if all these things, upon a little reflection had been rightly considered and understood, there would have been no mystery, nor any question asked. Not a sigh— not a lingering thought— not a grief, or a single reflection cast upon the innocent, a virgin, the spouse of Zion! Suffice it to say, that the revelation went into the hands of the world by stealth, through the means of false brethren, and lest it should reach the ears of the President and , with a false coloring, being misrepresented, [p. 33]
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